The H-1B tech visas are supposed to help American companies hire foreigners to fill the jobs Americans won’t do, or can’t do because of lack of skill. And so jobs in the S.T.E.M. industries (science, technology, engineering and math) are often filled by foreign labor. However, it’s not because we don’t have the American workers available, or that Americans don’t want to do the work, it’s because of a large scheme that offers cheap labor to hi-tech firms. And it all takes place in D.C.
While many well-meaning conservatives spent their time talking about the low skill workers coming over the border illegally from Mexico and Central America, they ignored the wage stagnation caused by the planeloads of H-1B workers flying legally into the country from India.
Large companies like Intel, Microsoft and Facebook are seen arguing for “immigration reform”, but they aren’t the ones who hire many of the foreign workers. That is done through outsourcing companies no one has ever heard of, says Breitbart.
Some of the big-player outsourcing companies are Cognizant ($8.84 BIL revenue), Wipro ($7.3 BIL), Infosys ($8.25 BIL) and Tata ($109 BIL). All profit by supplying foreign workers to American companies through the H1B visa program, and almost all the workers they supply are from India.
According to Breitbart, Cognizant spent nearly $3 million in the last two years lobbying politicians on immigration policy, and they cover the table from both sides – Democrats and Republicans. They were also big donors to the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Breitbart says “The lobbying investment that the outsourcers and high-tech firms have to American politicians in both parties has paid off. Just last year, the new Republican Congress was ready to expand the H-1B Visa Cap.”
In April 2014, Illinois Democrat and comprehensive immigration reform advocate Sen. Dick Durbin brought up the subject of H-1B abuse by the Indian outsourcers. Durbin alleged:
“These outsourcing firms like Infosys, Wipro, Tata and others — Americans would be shocked to know that the H-1B visas are not going to Microsoft; they’re going to these firms, largely in India, who are finding workers, engineers, who will work at low wages in the US for three years and pay a fee to Infosys or these companies.
I think that is an abuse of what we’re trying to achieve here. Most people would think, well, Microsoft needs these folks, and they’d be shocked to know that most of the H-1B visas are not going to companies like (Microsoft); they’re going to these outsourcing companies.”
Says Breitbart: “Politicians, lobbyists, high-tech companies, and outsourcers have all made money at the American worker’s expense.”
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